USCG NSF Elizabeth City
National Strike Force Coordination Center (NSFCC), Incident Management Assist Team, Public Information Assist Team, Atlantic Strike Team, Gulf Strike Team, Pacific Strike Team
1461 N Road St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909
In Elizabeth City, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 88°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 28 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 4 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 58°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 33°F and high of 51°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.0 months, from May 29 to August 31, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on August 5.
The drier season lasts 9.0 months, from August 31 to May 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on November 22.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index for Elizabeth City, NC is 99, that puts it 5% higher than the average of North Carolina and 1% lower than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Elizabeth City, NC, the price of goods and services are 13% higher than the average of North Carolina as well as 10% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
Elizabeth City, NC spreads along the waterfront of the Pasquotank River – a tributary of Albemarle Sound. The city was founded in 1973. It is fewer than 20 miles from North Carolina’s eastern shore, but isolated by coastal estuaries. The Dismal Swamp Canal and the Albamarle Sound provide access to the Intracoastal Waterway, making the city an ideal stopping point for boaters sailing up the coast.
Downtown Elizabeth City is home to more than a dozen eateries, two theaters, the marina and wharf, museums and an assortment of retail outlets. The Downtown Waterfront Market – held at Mariner’s Wharf Park on Saturdays – features music and cooking demonstrations, in addition to fresh local produce. The park is the site of summer concerts and the Mariner’s Wharf Film Festival – held from June through July. The Center, housed in a renovated downtown department store, includes a gallery space for local artists, a performing arts school and the Maguire Theatre – site of performances by the all-volunteer Encore community theater company.
Exhibits at the Museum of the Albemarle celebrate the region’s farmers, watermen, soldiers and lifesavers. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour or to join a docent who provides additional insights into the displays. Special programs on Fridays feature storytelling, demonstrations by interpreters in period costume and activities for children. Port Discover is a hands-on science museum for toddlers to teens. Exhibits and activities include scientific instruments, live insects and an “experimentation station” where kids can perform scientific experiments.
Elizabeth City is less than 20 miles from Currituck Sound, but getting to the Outer Banks beaches by car entails driving south to the Wright Memorial Bridge – over the sound near Kitty Hawk – a 40-mile trek. Once across the bridge, the village of Kitty Hawk provides beach access with parking at eight locations. The Wright Brothers National Memorial – about four miles south of Kitty Hawk – celebrates the brothers’ 1903 flights with a museum and monument. Nags Head and the northern end of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are eight miles south of the memorial. Both Nags Head and the National Seashore have lifeguarded beaches.